Theodor Blank

Theodor Blank

Blank in 1955
Federal Minister for Labour and Social Affairs
In office
29 October 1957  26 October 1965
Chancellor Konrad Adenauer
Preceded by Anton Storch
Succeeded by Hans Katzer
Federal Minister of Defence
In office
7 June 1955  16 October 1956
Chancellor Konrad Adenauer
Succeeded by Franz Josef Strauss
Deputy Chairman of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group in the Bundestag
In office
19 October 1965  20 October 1969
Member of the Bundestag
In office
7 September 1949  21 April 1972
Personal details
Born (1905-09-19)19 September 1905
Died 14 May 1972(1972-05-14) (aged 66)
Nationality German
Political party CDU (1945 until his death)
Alma mater University of Hanover

Theodor Anton Blank (19 September 1905 14 May 1972) was a German politician of the CDU. He was one of the founders of the CDU in 1945.

Blank was born in Elz an der Lahn. He was the third of ten children of a carpenter. His family was Roman Catholic. Blank received an apprenticeship as a carpenter. In 1930–33 he worked as a secretary at the Association of Christian transport- and factory employees of the northern and northwestern Ruhr Area. After he was dismissed in 1933 Blank passed his Abitur in 1936 and studied mathematics at the University of Münster and engineering sciences at the University of Hanover.[1] In 1939 he was conscripted to the Wehrmacht and became a first lieutenant at the end of World War II.[2]

From 1949 to 1972 he was a member of the German Bundestag, in which he served from 1965 to 1969 as deputy chief of CDU/CSU-Bundestagsfraktion.[2]

Blank (center) with Bundeswehr Generals Hans Speidel and Adolf Heusinger

From 1950 to 1955 he served as Special Representative of the Chancellor, leading the "Amt Blank" (Blank Agency), officially responsible for affairs relating to the Allied occupying troops, but in reality mainly charged by Chancellor Konrad Adenauer with covertly preparing the re-establishment of the German armed forces. In 1954, opponents of the rearmament prevented him from speaking to public assemblies by yelling and shouting, and lightly wounded him in one instance. After the rearmament was official, he served as the first postwar Defence Minister of Germany from 1955 to 1956 and as Minister of Labour and Social Affairs from 1957 to 1965.[2]

Blank died in Bonn.[2]


Political offices
Preceded by
Federal Minister of Defence (Germany)
1955 1956
Succeeded by
Franz-Josef Strauss

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